So last week I introduced myself (Chef Devin Alexander) and assured you that cooking is the answer to making sure you get and stay healthy. Now you may be thinking, “That’s easier said than done, Devin.” Don’t despair, stick with me right here on DietsInReview.com in the upcoming weeks and not only will I share some healthier versions of your killer favorites (that are just as killer to your taste buds, but not to the rest of you) and I’ll show you all sorts of other novice-chef must-knows for healthy living. Not only will I fill your head with all of the must-have info, I’ll be giving away some awesome (and valuable!) stuff! So don’t miss a week with me!
This week, I’m ready to tackle the kitchen. Whether you consider yourself an avid collector or a newbie when it comes to kitchen tools and gadgets, there are a few basic pieces that I highly recommend to assist you in preparing your healthy meals efficiently. I know it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re deciding which key pieces to purchase for home cooking. Or, if you’re like me, maybe your kitchen gadget collection has grown to encompass so many pieces, it might be time to pull out the essentials and move the rest into storage to free up some space. Whether you’re just getting started on building your equipment arsenal or looking to streamline your current collection, below are the key pieces for making your healthy cooking adventures effortless!
Olive oil sprayer – Unlike the sprayers you buy pre-filled at the grocery store, these get filled with your choice of olive oil, so you don’t consume any added chemicals or propellants. These sprayers work just as well if not better than pre-filled ones. Look for them at Bed Bath & Beyond, at Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table or online.
Kitchen scale – Having a kitchen scale doesn’t mean you need to weigh everything, but it’s excellent for weighing protein (such as fish, chicken, or beef) and cheeses at least every once in awhile. Even though I work with food all day, my portions can creep up in size at times when I’m not being careful. Using my scale helps me stay in check. You can go with a basic one, or you can invest more on one with cool features, like a pull-out display or a database of popular foods.
Measuring cups and spoons – Not only are these necessary for following recipes properly, but as with the kitchen scale, they are great tools for portion control. I always use my measuring spoons with ingredients like extra virgin olive oil or salad dressing since they’re very calorie dense. This is also not a place to spend a lot of money. Nowadays, you can even find durable and dishwasher-safe measuring cups and spoons at some 99-cent and bargain stores.
Parchment – Parchment is especially helpful if your nonstick bakeware isn’t so nonstick (either from lots of use or because the nonstick surface just isn’t super high quality), or if you just can’t aff...